Jazz Band

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band is an audition only, performing ensemble, that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays before school, 6:45-7:45am. Any 7th or 8th grade band student may audition for the jazz band, granted they already are enrolled in a band class. Jazz band will begin on Tuesday, September 17.

Instrumentation expectations this year:
Flute: 1-2
Clarinet: 1-2
Alto Sax: 2-3
Tenor Sax: 2-3
Bari Sax: 1
Trumpet 4-5
Trombone 4-5
Bass: 1
Guitar: 1
Piano: 1
Drums: 2

Auditions
Auditions will be held before school on Thursday and Friday (9/12-9/13) from 6:45-7:45, and after school on Friday from 2:35-4:00. Students must sign-up for an audition time in the band room by Wednesday, 9/11. Students will perform four excerpts (labeled here as track 1, 2,3 etc.) for Mr. Walder. Participation in jazz band last year is not an automatic qualifer for placement this year. This year, there will be no sightreading/prepared music chosen by the students.  Find the music in the folder below. Flutes: use alto sax music; clarinets: use trumpet music.  

Make sure you are ready for your audition and the appropriate time. Jazz band roster will be posted Monday morning outside the band room. 

Would you like to hear audio samples of the audition tracks? Find the "Audio Examples" folder below to download and listen to each track!

Jazz Band Audition Requirements
Trumpets, Saxophones & Trombones
Track 1 – Chromatic Scale from your lowest comfortable note to highest and back down, as fast as comfortably possible. 
Track 2 – Blues Etude
Track 3 – Ballad Etude
Track 4 – Latin Etude

Guitar
Track 1 – Bb, Eb, F major scales, two octaves (up & down), as fast as comfortably possible
Track 2 – Blues Etude (ala Freddie Green)
Track 3 – Ballad Etude
Track 4 – Latin Etude

Piano
Track 1 – Bb, Eb, F major scales, two octaves, hands together (up & down), as fast as
comfortably possible
Track 2 – Blues Etude
Track 3 – Ballad Etude
Track 4 – Latin Etude

Bass
Track 1 – Bb, Eb, F major scales, one octave (up & down), as fast as comfortably possible
Track 2 – Blues Etude
Track 3 – Ballad Etude
Track 4 – Latin Etude

Drum Set
Track 1 – 16 measures of swing (132 bpm) with 4 measures of time, then 4 measures of soloing,
4 measures of time, then 4 measures of soloing
Track 2 – Blues Etude
Track 3 – Leave Blank
Track 4 – Latin Etude



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